ERIC Number: ED448483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-11
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I've Looked at the News from Both Sides Now: The Student Press from the Perspective of an Advocate and an Adversary.
Little, Richard D.
Although colleges and universities generally regard the First Amendment as sacred, they often find themselves at the center of controversies concerning the right to say, print, write, or research with freedom. The complex relationships between a college or university and its student media have often contributed to conflicts over First Amendment issues. This paper examines the case of State of Ohio, ex. rel "The Miami Student" v. Miami University (which began in 1996), when university administrators found themselves being sued for restricting the campus newspaper's access to student disciplinary records and later being sued by the United States government for providing the media with these records. The paper looks at the legal arguments presented in this trail of litigation as a basis for examining the university's obligations to balance the First Amendment rights of the student media and its community with other often conflicting rights, such as the privacy rights of individuals. It examines the central issue of openness for the public good versus the legal rights of individual privacy and whether the First Amendment rights of the student media should prevail on the issue of access to internal disciplinary records of students. (Contains 6 notes and 14 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974; First Amendment